In order to help alleviate the boredom of the downtime between the draft and training camp, I’ve decided to start a new series where I will build an all-time best Jaguars 53 man roster. It’s not exactly a new idea, I know, but I think it will still be fun and could spark some fun debate about who got snubbed. Each day I will look at a different position group, and soon we will have built the ultimate Jaguars roster composed of current and past players. Today we move on to wide receivers.
For the purposes of this roster, I will be using five wide receivers.
STARTER: Jimmy Smith – No question here, Smith is not only the best Jaguars receiver, he’s statistically one of the best all-time. Smith was a dominant force at the receiver position, with his incredible speed and great moves earning him the nickname ‘J-Smooth’. Smith SHOULD be the next inductee into the Pride of the Jaguars(he should’ve gone in before Brunell if we’re being real).
STARTER: Keenan McCardell – The perfect complement to Jimmy Smith, Keenan McCardell was an excellent technician and possession receiver. Unquestionably the 2nd best wideout the Jags have ever had, when McCardell was teamed up with Smith they were unstoppable.
STARTER: Cecil Shorts III – After drawing the ire of many Jags fan after his lackluster rookie season, Cecil Shorts burst out on to the scene the following year and has been very productive ever since. Shorts has struggled with injuries and bad QB play which has prevented him from ever having a 1,000 yard season, but he is the best receiver the team has had since Jimmy Smith.
DEPTH: Mike Sims-Walker – MSW was probably overrated by a lot of Jaguars fans for a while, due to the fact that he was a couple of steps above the receivers the team had between him and Jimmy Smith. But the fact remains that Sims-Walker was a productive receiver in his time with the Jags.
DEPTH: Justin Blackmon – I debated switching JB with the receiver in the spot below, but I’ve decided to leave him here. Blackmon has the talent. We’ve seen him produce, and at times, produce at very high numbers. Unfortunately, off the field issues prevent him from being a next-level receiver. He still cracks this list, but just barely.
JUST MISSED THE CUT: Reggie Williams – SAY WHAT? Yeah, I know. Williams, a 1st round pick of the Jags in 2004, was a bust. But he mainly busted due to off the field issues, and I still believe he was a decent receiver on the field. Unfortunately, he will always be remembered as being part of the terrible trio of WR’s (Williams, Matt Jones and Ernest Wilford).
Well, I’m sure these selections might have ruffled some feathers, so if you disagree be sure to fire away in the comments section. Check back tomorrow as we continue with Offensive Tackles. I wonder who could be on that list…